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>> glor: tonight o'day 47, some signs of success in the latest effort to cap the runaway well as oil spreads father on gulf coast beaches. >> i don't care how much money b.p. has to spend, i want the resources here to handle any situation, i don't care what it is. >> glor: also tonight, cancer advance. doctors report the first big win against the deadly skin cearnls, melanoma. sexting laws, why some states are changing laws to make criminal of teens. at john wooden's timeless lessons he left behind. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor.
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>> gglor: good evening, 47 days into the biggest oil spill in u.s. history, there appears to be some progress tonight as b.p. works to collect more oil from a capping device. still, oil continues flowing into the gulf. here is the latest tonight-- the newest cap has collected 252,000 gallons on its first day, only a fraction of the total. oil is washing up on some previously untouched beaches in florida, and the toll among birds is and other wildlife is growing with each new day. we have two reports on the oil spill tonight beginning again with mark strassmann in grand isle, louisiana. mark, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, jeff. with its latest fix, b.p. is moving gingerly. it's trying to control and manage the well's pressure as it contains and funnels oil a mile to the gulf surface. get it wrong, and this latest fix could blow out. but b.p. is also facing enormous pressure here on shore-- get it right. this pelican sat drenched in oil, losing life and hope.
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dazed and defenseless, like another pelican a short, oily walk away on this barrier island. from head to tail, more of louisiana wildlife every day gets stuck in the muck of b.p.'s disaster. >> i'm going to stand with the people of the gulf coast until they are made whole. >> reporter: president obama's challenge-- seize control of this crisis. >> this is going to be bad no matter what we do. >> reporter: on grand isle yesterday, he heard from residents hungry for help, including the mayor. >> i'm trying to keep grand isle alive. >> reporter: and oyster fisherman floyd lassaigne. 10 days ago, lassaigne showed us his ruined oyster beds, soaking in sheen. his family is desperate for help. >> i really-- he was down to earth and he meant what he said to us. >> reporter: the good news-- b.p.'s latest fix so far seems a partial success. on day one, its containment cap over the well collected 250,000
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gallons, but much more oil is still escaping. >> what we want to do is take as much pressure coming from the well bore as possible and put that into production. >> reporter: but until oil stops gushing from the well, this cruel impacted will go on. with so many oily birds, wildlife workers have their hands full, and they've saved a lot of them. but with so much oil still coming ashore, some of these birds will never get the help they need to make it. some cleanup workers also want help with health issues. they suspect b.p.'s toxic dispersants. >> we've been receiving headaches, our nose irritated, throat irritated. >> reporter: in today's letter to osha, louisiana state officials complain of daily reports of other injurie injuriy illnesses that have us concerned that proper protections are not being taken. those two oily pelicans got the help they needed. we called wildlife officials. they rescued both of them and took them away for treatment at
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a triage center. had empty marina is just one of the frustrations here on shore. with its past fixes, b.p. spokesmen have often been sunny and optimistic about the chance of success. all those fixes failed. this time the spokesmen are being much more cautious, much more conservative, another lesson learned in this disaster. jeff. >> glor: sounds leek a good idea. all right, mark strassmann in grand isle, mark, thank you very much. b.p. is under fire tonight in some alabama and florida beach towns that are seeing the first signs of oil on their shores this evening. kelly cobiella is in pensacola, florida. kelly. >> reporter: jeff, good evening. this is what was washing ashore yet again today. this is that thick, sticky, weathered oil. and b.p. is taking a lot of heat for what many say is a slow response. as official cleanup crews alabama beaches, british petroleum bragged about them and the 50 boats skimming the oil
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headed for 300 miles of coastline from mississippi to florida. but the mayor of orange beach, alabama, wasn't buying it. >> we had a mat-- a large mat of oil coming in off the beach. we spotted it through aerial reconnaissance. we got it boomed up. could not get a skimmer here in time before it made landfall. that's inexcusable. i don't care how much money b.p. has to spend. i want the resources here to handle any situation. that is least i expect from b.p. >> reporter: sticky piecees of weathered oil washed up on white sand for the second day, along way red stain on the alabama water line. there, tourists were warned against swimming in the water. in neighboring florida, florida, charlie crist walked the beach with singe jimmy buffet, claiming his state's beaches open and safe. >> you really couldn't see oil on the beach at all. >> reporter: but beach-goers in pensacola, florida, did make this find-- a dead bird smeared
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with oil. the sheen of oil is less than a nile from these shores, and ribbons of heavier, reddish oil behind it 17 miles out. >> there is frustration and the key is to get this to stop and that's what we're really working hard to do. >> reporter: besides the beach cleanup teams and skimmers, a group of scientists has launched underwater robots equipped with cameras to monitor the progress of plumes headed towards beaches but local officials remain frustrated. >> we should be like disney world-- somebody throws a piece of trash down there ought to be somebody cleaning it up in 10 seconds purpose there were tarballs on the beach this morning. they may still be there, i don't know. >> reporter: the commander thad allen was in alabama today and tried to explain the response this way-- it's like a battle. you have resources, you move them around, you try to get there on time but you don't always make it but we do try our best. >> glor: kelly cobiella, thank you very much. five days after a deadly clash
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on the high circumstances israeli forces today seized another boat as it headed towards gaza, this time with strikingly different results. richard roth has more from ashdod. >> reporter: once again it began with a radio warning-- >> you're hereby "to change your course. >> reporter: but this time, 23 miles offshore, israel stomed the attempt to break its blockade of gaza without incident. passengers on the ship, "rachel cory" in videotape recorde recod captured by the military were sitting passively on deck as commandos pulled alongside and came aboard. it took just five minutes, then led to an israeli point, the 19 crew and pro-palestinian activists were even helped with their bags. on this ship, said israel, there was a better class of protesters. >> today, thankfully, the interception was conducted will be peacefully and we saw, clearly, the difference between
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nonviolent activists and between hard-core islamic radicals like we had last week. >> reporter: aboard a turkish cargo carrier lasting monday, israel claims militants attacked first when commandos dropped from a helicopter. nine turkish activists were killed and israel's come under sharp criticism that it blundered into violence it could have foreseen and avoided. the humanitarian cargo bound for gaza will be delivered, says israel, but over land on its timetable. this has never been just about delivering hume tain aid to ga gaza. for both sides it's been as much about make a point, about dlig a message. it's put gaza back on the map. israel says enforcing the blockade is a matter of self-defense tosh keep iranian weapons from getting to gaza's militants, and israel's critics who call the blockade another form of palestinian punishment are more determined than ever to break it. richard roth, cbs news, ashdod,
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israel. >> glor: here at home, scientists have announced what appears to be significant progress toward fighting two deadly forms of cancer. in one finding an experimental lung cancer drug targeting a gene found in some patients, shrank tumores. in a separate study, researchers reported what one called historic result results in testf another drug used to battle advanced mel gnoma. >> reporter: when sharon belvin was diagnosed in 2004 with stage four melanoma the deadliest form of skin cancer, she was given 6-12 months to live. she was only 22-year-old old. >> it was two weeks before my wedding, so he were in the thralls of the flowers and the dress and the d.j. >> reporter: she began chemoto no avail. with hope and time running out, dr. jedd wolchok turned to a drug still in clinical trials.
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unlike chemothat targets the tumor and and everything else, ipilimumab triggers the body's own immune system to fight back and hard. sharon's results were nothing more than mir rackulous. >> she had essentially a complete remission after four doses of treatment. >> reporter: not everyone in the clinical trial had this kind of result. but on average, ipilimumab did increase terminal patients' life spans from six to 10 months, 67%. it's the first drug ever to show a survival benefit for this kind of cancer. researchers point out this advance comes at a time when the number of melanoma cases are rising. 10 years another 47,000 americans were diagnosed. last year, that number jumped to nearly 69,000, with 8600 deaths. >> this is kind of a landmark in the treatment for melanoma that will hopefully also go on to other diseases. i mean, it will-- it's a first proof of principle and a new way
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to treat cancer. >> reporter: the drug's developers were present their findings at the american society of clinical oncology convention here in chicago. this get-together is often referred to as the super bowl for the biotech makers. for oncologists it's a one-stop shop to learn about landmark drugs lieb ipilimumab if approved will one day save their patients. >> i think we can slow down on doing the scans. >> i can't believe you're saying that. >> reporter: these days, sharon belvin has everything she thought she never would-- a husband, a family, a life. cynthia bowers, cbs news, chicago. >> glor: still ahead on tonight's cbs evening news, should the laws on sexting be changed?
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>> glor: it's called sexting, cell phone messages that include revealing photos often sent by teenagers. some now face prosecution under child pornography laws, but many states are now asking if the punishment fits the crime. michelle miller has more. >> reporter: at ssuquentia high school, 15 miles outside harrisburg, eight students, age 13-17, learned a tough lesson about sexting. >> take a photograph of yourself or someone else nude and send it to somebody else and you have committed a crime. >> reporter: district attorney charles chen on the considers the crime pornography. does it seem unusually harsh to level a felony pornography charge at them? >> unfortunately, it does. that is the only charge that really fits what they were doing. >> are you gonna stop kids from sexting that way? maybe you should try talking to mom and dad.
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>> reporter: attorney don bailey represents the lone student from ssuquentia who won't plead guilty to lesser charges. that would also require taking a class on victimization and performing community service. >> this is an over zealous and inappropriate application of the criminal law. >> reporter: pennsylvania state representative seth grove, agrees. >> my view is kids should not be held as-- under the same laws as child predators. >> reporter: his bill, due for a floor vote this month, would limit the punishment for sexting. >> so what we're trying to do is say let's not charge a felony. let's get a commonsense law together that charges a misdemeanor. >> reporter: and that's typical of the 20 states that have considered new sexting laws for minors over the last two years. five states have adopted them. >> i took seminude pictures of myself and saved them into my phone. >> reporter: we agreed to protect this woman's identity. she graduates last year from a high school near scranton. she also faced child pornography
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charges for storing the photos on her cell phone. after her phone was confiscated for talking on it before class, her principal looked at it. >> he told me he found explicit photos on my phone and sent it away to a crime lab. it was really, kind of embarrassed, humiliated. >> reporter: now with the help of the aclu she's suing the school for invasion of privacy. to avoid criminal charges, she took a deal requiring a class on violence and victimization. >> if i was victimmeddized it was by my school. >> reporter: the d.a. behind the ssuquentia high school case says he's just trying to protect kids. >> probably it's harmless when they take the pictures of each other and share them between them, but the potential is there for this to be widespread distribution. >> reporter: in an age where technology has outpaced the law, many believe it's time for the law to catch up. michelle miller, cbs news, harrisburg, pennsylvania. >> glor: just ahead on
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tonight's cbs affect news. the white house and the oil spill-- a presidential historian's perspective.
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>> glor: the president just passed 500 days in office and he may have reached a critical moment. the latest cbs news poll shows 38% of the americans approve of the way the obama administration is handling the oil spill, but more, 44%, disapprove. for perspective we're joined by presidential historian, author, and cbs news consultant, douglas
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brinkley. doug, always good to see you, my friend. let's start with a question about the president. you think this is a critical time. is it possible or probable in your opinion that the oil spill defines the president's legacy? >> there's no question that this is the big event in american history, how the presidents act in a time of crisis is how historians will regard them. i have no doubt that he spends every hour microstudying what's going on in the gulf, but part of leadership is to get on the back of the flatbedford and rally the country with the speech. >> glor: doug, right now is the president shaping events, or both shaped by them? >> i think he was being shaped by the event. look, he was on a roll with the health care. legislation. there was a great hope that before the election he was going to get some things done in washington. this hit, and i think for president obama, the spill was an inconvenience. you kind of wanted to farm it out. it was b.p.'s problem. but there's no such thing as spending too much time in the
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gulf south right now. you don't want to be jimmy carter, holed up in the white house during the iran hostage crisis. this is not a time to be seen dealing with other issuees. the president, rightfully, canceled a trip to asia. the cleanup effort needs to be coordinated inia way that future generation will say an awful thing happened in the gulf of mexico, but the obama administration marshaled the strength of the american people and did the greatest environmental cleanup the world has ever seen. >> glor: as you know, the president has made increasingly critical comments about b.p. does this ultimately become a battle of the president versus b.p.? >> it should never be that. president obama represents the united states of america. we are the power. b.p. is nothing but a little fly-speck company. some people think they're big, but they're nothing compared to the power of the united states. this is a turning point in history. the urban president from chica chicago's going to have to become the environmental
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president of the moment. >> glor: doug brinkley joining us from austin, texas. doug, always good to see you, thanks so much. >> thank you, jeff. >> glor: in sports third jewel in horse racy's triple crown, the mile and a half belmont stakes went to drusselmyer. still ahead on tonight's cbs evening news, the remembering the best.
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>> glor: hundreds of ucla student held a tribute to john wooden who died last night. wooden won 10 championships at u.c.l.a. and in one stretch, 88 games in a row before retiring in 1975. dick engberg of cbs sports looks back. >> john wooden was more teacher than basketball coach. he was praised for his leadership of young men on and off the court. recognized by most as the greatest coast in the history of basketball, his philosophy of teaching players lessons in life will serve as his ultimate gift. his message, simple-- success is striving to be the very best you can be. it's what you learn after you know it all that counts. hoosier born, wooden naturally gravitated toward the game of basketball. his martinsville high school team won the indiana state
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championship. he was an academic star at purdue while leading his college team to the 1932 collegiate championship. but it was at u.c.l.a. where he wrote his legacy of greatness. wooden arrived at u.c.l.a. with a basic philosophy-- be quick but don't hurry. his teams were quick to win championships, an unprecedented 10 national titles, a record 88 consecutive wins, 38 straight victories in the n.c.a.a. championships, four undefeated seasons, seven championships in a row. he coached, taught basketball legends all the while imparting basic wisdoms. >> our 10 championships at u.c.l.a., they were just the icing on the cake. there is more value in the journey than in the victory itself. >> reporter: a man of greatness, a man of goodness. he wrote in his final book, "the journey is better than the end."
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adding, "make day of your journey a masterpiece." >> somebody asked me, "are you afraid of death?" i said, "no. i'm not going to try to hurry it up intentionally, but i'm not afraid. i've been too blessed." >> reporter: john robert wooden, leader, coach, legend, teacher. >> glor: dick engberg of cbs sports tonight. that is the cbs evening news. later on cbs, "48 hours mystery." mitch will be here tomorrow night. i'm jeff glower cbs news in new york, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh [ banker ] mike and brenda found a house that they really wanted.
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